GOOD ROPE CARE - BETTER ROPE SERVICE. For the service that should be expected from good rope, and for the safety of men and materials, rope should be handled and used with care. By following these points in rope selection, handling and storage, it will remain dependable and safe over long periods.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ROPE. If rope becomes muddy or dirty, it may be washed with cold water and moderate hose pressure, but never with seam. Any grit or dirt that remains may be shaken out after the rope has dried. The use of wet rope or rope reinforced with metallic strands is dangerous near power lines and other electrical equipment. A wet rope should never be left where it may freeze. With proper care, lubrication other than that in the new rope is unnecessary. Sharp bending of the rope around objects too small for the rope, or over sharp corers should be avoided because these cause extreme tension or abrasion on the fibers/filaments. Be sure the bend is sufficient for the rope size; sharp corners or rough surfaces should be padded.
REMOVE FROM COIL CORRECTLY. Always take rope from coil in this way to avoid distorting the lay of the rope. First, lay the coil flat with inside end of rope nearest the floor or deck. Loosen lashings and coverings. Then reach down through center of coil and pull rope up through from inside of the coil.
REVERSE ENDS OF ROPE. Changing ends of the rope regularly when used in tackle, permits even wearing and assures longer useful life. If a short section shows undue wear or damage, cut out the worn section and splice the rope for best service. Then make sure that the cause for the excess wear is corrected.
KEEP ROPE CLEAN. Dragging rope on the ground or over rough, gritty surfaces allows abrasive particles to work into the rope and weaken the fibers. If rope becomes muddy or dirty, it should be washed and dried thoroughly before storing.
PROTECT ROPE FROM CHEMICALS. Acids and their fumes, alkalis, oils, paints and barn-yard mud are injurious to vegetables fibers and will quickly damage rope. protect from these agents wherever possible and remember that clean, dry rope is the best assurance of long rope life.
STORE ROPE PROPERLY. Rope should always be dry before storing; storing wet rope causes mildew and rot. A cool, dry room with free air circulation makes ideal storage. If necessary to store on metal or concrete floors, protect the rope with planking to prevent contact with the floor.